Trump to tout 'one American family' in State of the Union address
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 31, 2018,
Jan 31, 2018, 11:58
He said: "We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day's work, we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love".
While Trump has said he wants to help Dreamers, the official said the president doesn't plan to use the nationally-televised moment to move back a March 5 deadline he set for ending their protections.
Immigration - the issue at the center of the recent government shutdown - will likely be among the most contentious items Trump discusses. He celebrated the end of a provision from President Obama's health-care law, which required many Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a tax. An impasse over immigration prompted a three-day government shutdown earlier this year, and lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the status of the "Dreamers" - young people living in the USA illegally ahead of a new February 8 deadline for funding operations.
But he sought to repurpose the term "dreamer", saying that it shouldn't be an excuse to shortchange Americans' economic prospects or safety.
Not so fast: On ABC, George Stephanopoulos said that it was clear that Trump did not unify his live audience.
In a reference to the current precarious predicament of children brought illegally to the United States, known as "dreamers", he said: "Americans are dreamers too".
"It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century", President Trump said. Democrats, Republicans, and the White House have yet to strike a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Trump revoked DACA in September, but surprised his own allies by nearly tripling the number a compromise amnesty would have. Obviously, some members of Congress already had their talking points written about President Trump's speech beforehand.
Trump is now negotiating an immigration deal with Congress to avert a situation he caused: the imminent threat of almost 700,000 undocumented young people losing deportation relief because he ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
The President said he would consider unifying the country a great achievement and that he would like to achieve national unity without a "major event", such as a national tragedy or major terrorist attack. "Even the things that everybody could be unified on they didn't' stand", Christie said shortly after Trump finished. That's simply untrue, as certain family members are excluded, and immigrants must wait years to sponsor family members to come to the U.S.
Trump's immigration remarks got a positive reception from former Ku Klux Klan honcho David Duke.
As for Melania, her opinions and goals have remained a mystery to millions of Americans. We were elected to show up and do our jobs.
Beck said the address was a long-held dream of immigration critics who want to see legal immigration decreased, and illegal immigration stopped.